• Michelle Obama weighed in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey
  • The former first lady hopes there would be "forgiveness" and "resolve" in the future
  • Markle previously interviewed Obama for British Vogue's September 2019 issue

Michelle Obama has shared her thoughts about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The former first lady weighed in on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tell-all interview, which drew 17.1 million viewers on CBS earlier this month, during a conversation with "Access Hollywood." Obama, who is friends with Prince Harry and Markle, said she hopes that the royals would be able to resolve their issues with their families.

"My hope is that when I think about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family, and I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time," Obama said. "Because there’s nothing more important than family."

Markle interviewed Obama for British Vogue's September 2019 issue. At the time, the former first lady shared a photo of the Duchess of Sussex on social media, referring to her as a friend. She also praised Markle's leadership.

"Thank you to my friend, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal, a thoughtful leader who is breaking the mold and making our world better for it," Obama wrote on Instagram. "Whether meeting with our @ObamaFoundation Leaders or helping girls around the world seek the education they deserve, she is an inspiration to so many."

Obama was even invited to Markle and Prince Harry's lavish 2018 royal wedding, though she and former President Barack Obama did not attend the ceremony due to diplomatic reasons.

But in the same year, she offered a piece of advice to Markle while the duchess was still navigating her life as a working member of the British royal family.

"Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she’d have a life like this, and the pressure you feel – from yourself and from others – can sometimes feel like a lot," Obama said in an issue of Good Housekeeping. "So my biggest pieces of advice would be to take some time and don’t be in a hurry to do anything."

Meanwhile, in her interview with Winfrey, Markle made several bombshell revelations, including that the rumors she made her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, cry in the run-up of her royal wedding were not true because "the reverse happened."

Markle said Middleton got upset about something, and it hurt her feelings. Prince William's wife later apologized and sent the former actress a note and flowers, though Markle noted that she or the royal family never corrected the false reports. But Markle ended the rumors that she is feuding with Middleton, saying that the future queen consort is a "good person."

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England. The Armistice ending the First World War between the Allies and Germany was signed at Compiègne, France on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - 11am on the 11th November 1918. This day is commemorated as Remembrance Day with special attention being paid for this year's centenary. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images